January 3rd, 2008
11:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Counting caucus results

Suzanne Malveaux investigates how the Iowa Democratic Party will tally results from the caucuses on Thursday night.(Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) - Once the caucusing is done, the results have to be tallied in the first voting of the 2008 presidential primary race. In this report, Suzanne Malveaux explains the Iowa Democratic Party's system for tabulating results as they flow in from precincts all over the Hawkeye State.

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  1. tati

    Only Romney is really qualified for this job! My friends - people from Germany, France,Russia are very surprised that americans don't see a difference .

    January 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Amy

    Biden is the best qualified for the presidency, ready to tackle any issue immediately. Domestic policy experience, foreign policy expertise, not beholden to special interest groups, not a millionaire. The other candidates don't have a single reason to say he's not qualified or ready. He can out-debate any of them.

    People who've looked at the issues and heard Biden speak switch from other slogan campaigns to support him (in spite of the media trying to simplify the race). He's still gaining supporters while the others have spent millions and stagnated for months.


    January 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Today the Obama campaign got its 500,000th donor.

    January 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Sledge

    CNN Candy Crowley Iowa Undecided Voters

    Candy Crowley report on undecided voters does not make common sense. On January 2, Candy Crowley reported on CNN that 40% of the Iowa’s caucus goers are undecided. She went on to argue that these undecided voters will not vote for Senator Hillary Clinton. She pointed out that if they were going to caucus for her, they would already be supporting her.

    With all due respect Candy Crowley, the choice that these undecided caucus goers have before them is between Barack Obama, the candidate of ‘change’ and Hillary Clinton, the candidate of the ‘status quo’. This choice is not between Obama and Dennis Kucinich.

    Moreover, using your logic, one can easily make a similar argument why these undecided would not vote for Obama. With all the support he has receives from Oprah, Superman, and the Media I am surprise that there are still 40% of undecided. So far, Obama is unable to win over those undecided.

    I respectfully submit that if these undecided caucus goers already decided not to vote for Hillary then they are no longer undecided. No one knows for sure how these undecided caucus goers will caucus.

    I my view this is bad journalism. One cannot be decided and undecided at the same time. It is understandable to report that undecided caucus goers are leaning towards a particular candidate. By the same token, it is completely reckless to report that these undecided voters already decided against one of two choices.

    This is another attempt by the media to influence the Iowa caucus in favor of their candidate of choice. Hillary supporters should not take at face value media coverage at this race. For accurate assessment of this race I would recommend that supporters of Hillary log into her webpage at http://www.hillaryclinton.com. Check out her blog, HillaryHub.com and the Fact Hub.


    January 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. echostorm

    It's just going to be more of the same unless Ron Paul gets the nomination.
    Aren't we tired of bible thumping war mongers spending our taxes on bombs and making their CEO buddies even richer?

    January 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. JIM

    Tonight IS

    January 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Jim

    tonight is the night that Ron Paul shocks the world!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Jeanie

    I'm confused...is there a reason the opinions of people from Germany, Russia, and France mean more than the opinions of people from Alaska, Ohio, and Montana? And, what if your "friends" from Germany, Russia, and France are all nazis or illiterate? If I told you that I had friends from Canada, Mexico, and Romania who all said the only person qualified was Ron Paul would that mean anything? Sorry...I just hate comments that say nothing...now, if you said I have friends who study political scienc, or are economists, or whatever, then maybe I would care what their opinion was...or maybe not.

    January 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    So does the democratic results really have to be snail mailed in? That could take a while!

    January 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Hanzo

    I have to agree with Jeanie, that post was completely irrelevant...Side note)

    But overall if Hillary Clinton is elected into office,
    I highly doubt that our foreign relations will be strengthened
    or even remain the way it is now. A majority of political leaders
    in foreign nations will not take her seriously because she is a

    January 3, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. JW

    Having lived outside the US for over ten years I can tell you that what the rest of the world thinks about America DOES matter and it is high time that we do something about our countries immage and the perception of the rest of the word towards "America" because it hating it right now. America needs a real game plan other than just battleship diplomacy and playing the policeman of the world. Everyone else is comming to resent us for it. We need someone who can sell "American style democracy" to the rest of the world and do it in a way that turn around our trade deficit in the places that matter. I think Mitt Romney is best qualified in that respect.

    January 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    Oh enough with this freak Ron Paul.

    His answer for everything is: "its not in the constitution, so the government shouldn't be involved in that"

    You know what, that is crap. There's nothing in the constitution about firefighters, or cops, or the FDA, or the EPA, or schools, or a lot of other things, so the government shouldn't do that either RIGHT?





    so all you Ron Paul SUPPORTERS, just stop the crap about how good he is.

    RON PAUL is a FREAK, oh yeah he has a racist streak in him too.

    January 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Hanzo you freak,

    There have always been countries with women presidents, even the ISLAMIC Pakistan and Indonesia, there have been queens, there have been women leaders. Women have led men into battle, women have led countries into wars (AND GUESS WHAT A LOT OF THEM HAVE WON).

    I guess Margaret Thacher was not taken seriously, or even Benazir Bhutto, I guess she was such a joke, that so many people took her seriously that THEY KILLED HER.

    Its only conservative American neanderthals that dont think women can be taken seriously.


    January 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. dean

    I have lost respect for CNN coverage. Since the candidates started their campaigning in Iowa, CNN internet and its CNN Cable News have focused primarly on Obama, Clinton and Edwards. Yeah they had a good start out of the box but that was only fueled by CNN's lack of coverage of other potential democratic candidates. Day in and day out –all night coverage of 3 demo candidates. The reason these 3 are leading is due to CNN'. On the other hand I applaud the positive effort and coverage you've given to the Gop side. It has been very fair and balanced.

    All I can say is thank god the Iowa caucaus will soon be over. Its time for another state to prove that democracy is alive and hopefully give us the viewer and internet user a better picture of qualified Democrat candidates for this important job rather than the jaundiced CCN coverage.

    January 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. ryan


    Ron Paul says the the FEDERAL government shouldn't be doing those things, but he wants to give control over education, commerce and other powers back to the states, as the constitution intended.

    Do you like corruption, rich bankers and corporations having more control of OUR government and OUR resources? It is much easier for corporations and wealthy individuals to bribe and gain control of 500 Federal Congressmen than 10,000 state lawmakers!

    All Ron Paul wants to do is give more control back to the states, and essentially back to you.

    He is also the only candidate who will talk about the inflation tax which harms the retired and people who save, and the SCAM of the federal reserve and their fatally flawed system of "MONEY AS DEBT". Watch that video if you want to understand why 2% of people not being able to pay their mortgage threatens to CRASH the entire US Economy.

    Thank goodness we have people like Ron Paul who expand our understanding and broaden the conversation.

    January 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. M Nelson


    January 3rd, 2008 at 7:17 pm
    Speaking of dreaming…. When will these Ron Paul junkies stow their tin foil hats and go away. I didn’t know so many prostitutes, drug pushers and White Supremecists could swarm every blog in the country…. and then donate all their beer & coke money to a hopeless cause.
    The Paulicites are a distraction from real discussion.

    Mary writes:

    How low is this comment? About as low as you can get. So this person who posted the above statement believes that Chuck Baldwin ( who endorsed Paul ) is a druggie or is a racist? You can tell this person listens to the media too much and can’t think for themselves. My husband is a respected person at his job and has never done drugs and doesn’t even drink and he is no loonie, he is a wonderful husband and father who doesn’t hit the bars and is stable, a hard worker, he is a responsible person, AND INTELLIGENT and he is voting for Ron Paul. I am a mother of two, and I don’t drink, our fave pastime is hanging out at the bookstore. I have never done drugs, not even marijauna, I am a christian and I am INTELLIGENT. I am a college student with a double major in History and English and an honors student with a high gpa. When I become a teacher, I will teach the constitution and I will prepare my students for a better America. We have alot of uneducated, ignorant people in this country that are not aware of how bad they are currently being screwed by the government. The IRS isn’t even legal and so-called christians are supporting candidates that are chosen by the CFR and part of the new world order. We live in a time of a corrupt government who disrespects the constitution. Our forefathers warned us about the dangers of entangling alliances. We need to stay out of others business, it is not our job to police the world. You can’t make people good.Most of these candidates are phony, including Huckabee. You should see all the comments about people that live in Arkansas and know him. They say he is not what he pretends to be.
    I want someone who I can be proud of for our next president and someone that people all over the world look up to. You should see all the comments from Europeans and even some Israelians who speak well of Ron Paul. Paul has received more messages and contributions from military members than any other candidate, so I guess they are loonie druggies also. To shun Ron Paul is to shun our troops because if you really care about what they are saying and you support our troops, then you would consider him a serious candidate. It’s a disgrace and a slap on the face when our men and women go to bat for us and we don’t consider their wishes. One more thing: If Paul gives back money for every person that he happens to disagree with their lifestyle, then all candidates supporters should be screened (every single one of them) and they should be ridiculed also. The media has twisted this to make him appear like a bad guy. The CFR will do anything in their power to eat him alive because they know that Paul is too genuine and he will expose them. I’m sure that every candidate has received money from a person with a less desirable lifestyle, What about Rupert Murdoch who supports Hillary? Anyway, if you want to keep letting the media brainwash you and hide the truth from you then God be with you. And God be with us all if Paul doesn’t get elected, we’re in deep enough water already. You can’t run away from the fact that the housing market is crashing and the dollar is weak and yet we are supporting torture and paying for an endless war if you want to call it that. Americans are robots to the media and the government controls are attitude by influencing this “live in fear” mentality. All they have to say is “terrorism” and they they got us under their spell. It’s BS. Paul has a brave and strong plan for our defense because it is a stronger defense at home then if our sons and daughters are all getting killed off by a useless “war.” Paul is a economic scholar who understands the economic crisis this country is facing and knows how to turn it around. If you shun him, when things get really bad and we are in a serious recession, I hope I don’t have to say……I told you so.

    January 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Harvey, Lancaster

    if the plural of cactus is cacti
    is the plural of caucus cauci?
    just wondering.
    if anyone thinks that it matters who the white house resident will be has their head in the sand. the mensheviks and bolsheviks have an iron hand on the rule in d.c. the 2 party system is a crock and is cauci ed.
    we lost our country long ago to those that own the 2 parties.
    Lancaster, Mexifornia
    [dial 1 for english]

    January 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Jeanie

    OK..some of you misunderstood me...I think it matters A LOT what the rest of the world thinks...I think we will have decades (if not longer) to make up for the harm the current administration has done for our country in the minds of the rest of the world...I think the fact that the Canadian dollar is now worth more than the American dollar shows how far we have fallen...I think history will show that we are currently living in the most shameful era of American history because everything we have built this country on – everything we are supposed to believe in – everything that made us the last world power – is or has been destroyed. That being said...I think a blanket statement that "my friends in Germany, Russia and France think we are all crazy" is a freaking stupid statement....I don't know your friends in Germany, Russia or France...your friends might all be stupid or criminals – for me to care about your statement would require that I know some credientials of these few people you are addressing...also, "people I know" in other countries (Canada, England, Scotland) cannot believe that we would want to put another christian religious fanatic in control of this country....have the last 8 years not taught us anything....but, you know nothing about those people, you know nothing about me, and I'm not sure if you rate Germany, Russia, and France as more "important" or "knowledgable" or whatever than people in Canada, England, and Scotland...frankly, I'm kind of curious what people in Jamaica think...:)

    January 4, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Aerialrose

    "It's just going to be more of the same unless Ron Paul gets the nomination.
    Aren't we tired of bible thumping war mongers spending our taxes on bombs and making their CEO buddies even richer?"

    Well spoken, Echostorm.

    January 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Ron

    Clinton donor gets a Presidential Pardon AFTER a $450.000.00 donation to Mr. Clintons Library Foundation??
    AFTER DONATING ??? Ya, Right

    While deciding who to vote for on SUPER TUESDAY.

    I ran across the above headline and the below noted article, Just that information got me interested enough to investigate, So I read the 3 short pages there-in, I thought your readers would like it?

    I put it here in case you would like to read it before SUPER TUESDAY.

    The Subject title above here is copied from the below noted article!
    Please read the full following NEW YORK TIMES article before commenting here.

    This is the article WOLF BLITZER was referring to at the debate last fall when HILLARY side-stepped him and didn't /wouldn't answer truthfully.

    >>> Go to: msnbc.com
    >>> Type into the site search box: "Clinton Library"
    >>> Then find and Click on the article called: "Clinton Donors Overlap"
    The links on the web won’t bring up this article, you must use the above directions

    Still undecided, Ron
    Feel free to forward this information to any voter or newspaper you want, I am.
    Please comment to Ron by reply email, I will be watching.

    January 29, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |